This man is dressed in casual clothes.
- An example of casual clothing is jeans and a t-shirt.
- An example of a casual date is meeting someone for coffee.
- An example of a casual encounter is happening to see someone at the movies.
- happening by chance; not planned; incidental: a casual visit
- happening, active, etc. at irregular intervals; occasional: a casual worker
- slight or superficial: a casual acquaintance
- careless or cursory: far too casual in his methods
- nonchalant; dispassionate: affecting casual unconcern
- informal or relaxed: a casual atmosphere
- designed for informal occasions or use: casual clothes
Origin of casualMiddle English and Old French casuel from Late Latin casualis, by chance from Classical Latin casus, chance, event: see case
- one who does something only occasionally or temporarily, esp. a casual worker
- [pl.] shoes, clothes, etc. designed for informal occasions
- Mil. a person temporarily attached to a unit, awaiting a permanent assignment or transportation
- a. Being without ceremony or formality; relaxed or informal: a casual evening with friends.b. Unpremeditated or offhand: a casual remark.c. Suited for everyday wear or informal use: casual clothing.
- Not serious or thorough; superficial: a casual inspection; a casual understanding of French.
- Showing little interest or concern; nonchalant: “speaks with casual aplomb about being shot at” ( Janelle Brown )
- Occurring or being such by chance: “in the first months when I was pregnant, before it was obvious to the casual observer” ( Anne Roiphe ) See Synonyms at chance.
- a. Occurring at irregular or infrequent intervals; occasional: casual employment at a factory; a casual correspondence with a former teacher.b. Employed on an irregular basis: casual workers.
- a. Socialized with only occasionally; not close or intimate: a casual acquaintance.b. Being or occurring between sexual partners who are not in an established relationship: casual lovers; casual sex.
- One that serves or appears at irregular intervals, especially a temporary worker.
- casuals Casualwear: sent my casuals to the cleaners.
- A soldier temporarily attached to a unit while awaiting permanent assignment.
Origin of casualMiddle English casuel due to chance, unpredictable from Old French from Latin cāsuālis from cāsus event ; see case 1.
(comparative more casual, superlative most casual)
- (UK, New Zealand) A worker who is only working for a company occasionally, not as its permanent employee.
- A soldier temporarily at a place of duty, usually en route to another place of duty.
- (UK) A member of a group of football hooligans who wear expensive designer clothing to avoid police attention; see Casual (subculture).
- One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
From Middle French casuel, from Late Latin cāsuālis (“happening by chance”), from Latin cāsus (“event”), from cadere (“to fall”).